Positives to take from Bury clash as Latics continue to learn.
- Gary Caldwell’s thoughts on 2-1 defeat to Bury.
- Caldwell disappointed with cup exit.
- “We need to manage the game better when we go ahead.” – Caldwell.
“We gave the game away, it’s a simple as that really. We didn’t manage the game the way we should have once we went ahead, we allowed them back into the game and didn’t keep the ball well enough.
“In the first half and at the start of the second half I think we played with the intensity that I know we can, we kept the ball well and gave it to our attacking players in the right areas.
“We got in their faces and made it very competitive throughout the first half, and came out with even more intensity in the second.
“I don’t think we were patient enough after our penalty though, we tried to rush things and didn’t dominate the game with the ball the way I would have liked us to do.
“That allowed them back in the game, the equaliser gave them confidence and then we gave away a late penalty which has seen us disappointingly out of the cup.”
Caldwell handed a first senior start to local midfielder Jordan Flores, who he said was one of the bright sparks despite the defeat.
“We’ve got a lot to be positive with still, and we’re learning at this early stage of the season.
“We were really inventive in the final third, our movement was good, we got in the right places, but again it just didn’t fall for us.
“Jordan Flores was outstanding on his full debut, he was very creative and helped to push us up the field. He’s just one of the positives from tonight, but it’s no good saying that when we’ve lost the game again because it’s another disappointment for the group.”
Latics took the lead just one minute into the second half, with striker Will Grigg opening his account for the club, something Caldwell said will help to grow confidence.
“I thought Will Grigg’s game tonight was excellent, he looked very composed for his penalty and it will do his confidence a world of good.
“His movement and link up play caused them a lot of problems, he had other opportunities that didn’t quite fall, but I think you can see the partnerships are starting to form.
“We’ll keep working on it and like I said after Saturday’s game the results will come.”